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College of Engineering & Information Sciences

Health Information Systems Degree Specialization

Healthcare technology is the fastest-growing sector of our economy. With growing investment by healthcare organizations in technology and the government's growing interest in electronic health records, demand for professionals with skills in health information systems is on the rise. A Computer Information Systems bachelor's degree program with a specialization in Health Information Systems (HIS) will qualify you to work in this promising field. You'll master the latest technologies and best practices, including picture archiving systems (PACS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Health Level Seven (HL7).

Follow a career track in Health Information Systems by choosing this specialization when you earn your bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from DeVry University.

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Health Information Systems Courses

When you specialize your Computer Information Systems degree in Health Information Systems, your coursework at DeVry University may include these career-enhancing courses:

  • Health Information Systems I – This course introduces healthcare medical and business processes from a software design perspective. Topics include history of – and current topics related to – the healthcare delivery process; healthcare functions supported by hospital IT departments; and interaction between healthcare and business data domains and medical and allied health professionals.
  • Health Information Systems II – In this course, students explore current technologies, regulations, and standards, including picture archiving and communication systems (PACS); the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); 21CFR Part 11; FDA General Principles of Software Validation; and Health Level Seven (HL7), and examine their effects on software development. Other topics include information technologies used to store data, maintain data quality, ensure safety, and enforce security; and electronic health record systems.
  • Advanced Database – In addition to data mining and warehousing, this Health Information Systems course introduces database implications of efficient and effective transaction processing, including error handling, data validation, security, stored procedures and triggers, record locking, commit and rollback. Oracle is the primary relational database management system (RDBMS) used.
  • Organizational Process Analysis – Addressing analytical techniques used to model process flow, this course explores process rules and process maturity in the context of characterizing workflow effectiveness and identifying opportunities for process improvement.
  • Data Privacy and Security – This course addresses legal, ethical, and security issues involving data and information assets that organizations must address to ensure operational continuity as well as compliance with standards, policies, and laws. Students examine various levels of threats to an organization's data and develop standards, policies, procedures, and plans to combat them.

To learn more about required and elective Health Information Systems courses as well as those for the CIS degree program, request information or see the undergraduate academic catalog.